Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 100A of chapter 32 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out subsections (c) and (d), as amended by chapter 245 of the acts of 2008, and inserting in place thereof the following 2 subsections:-
(c) The killed in the line of duty benefit shall be a 1-time payment of $100,000 to the family of a deceased public safety employee who, while in the performance of his duties and as a result of incident, accident or violence, was killed or sustained injuries which were the direct and proximate cause of his death. As used in this section, the words “deceased public safety employee” shall mean any firefighter, any call, volunteer, auxiliary, intermittent or reserve firefighter, any call, volunteer, auxiliary, intermittent or reserve emergency medical services provider who is a member of a police or fire department and who is not subject to chapter 152, any police officer, any auxiliary, intermittent, special, part-time or reserve police officer, any police officer in the employ of a public institution of higher education under section 5 of chapter 15A, any public prosecutor and a correction officer who was killed in the line of duty or who sustained injuries that were the direct and proximate cause of his death.
(d) The $100,000 killed in the line of duty benefit shall be in addition to amounts payable under section 100 and shall be payable to the family of the deceased public safety employee in a manner determined by the state board of retirement. As used in this section, the word “family” shall mean the surviving spouse of such deceased public safety employee or, if there is no surviving spouse, the child or children of such deceased public safety employee or, if there is no surviving child, the parent of such deceased public safety employee. The board, at its discretion, may purchase life insurance for the purpose of paying this benefit.
SECTION 2. Section 5 of chapter 467 of the acts of 2004 is hereby amended by inserting after the word “vehicles”, in line 4, the following words:- , a police officer at the University of Massachusetts.
Approved December 30, 2008